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The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) Paperback – May 1, 1980
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Some of the best children's books ever written have been about girls -- like The Paper Bag Princess. (New York Times)
A great girl-power story. (Carol Sjostrom Miller Familyfun)
One of the best princess stories ever told, Elizabeth turns the princess stereotype on its head, empowering young girls to be true to themselves. (Elizabeth Shaffer BC Parent)
Top Customer Reviews
As you'll see from the other reviews here, this tale is about a young girl who, filled with nothing but courage, charity and a fair bit of brains, goes off to rescue a young prince from a ferocious dragon. After using all of her cunning to defeat the dragon she discovers that the prince is a bit of a monster himself, and so she decides not to marry him after all.
Although I agree that the story has a wealth of small lessons for children to learn about boys and girls and expectations and disappointments, I think that one of its strongest points is that the book serves as a wonderful introduction to the fact that not all stories end the way we expect them to (it's still a happy ending, just a different one) and that sometimes a twist can be more satisfying anyway.
Highly recommended for children from 3 to 103.
This book is funny and not at all didactic, quick and easy to read. It's understandable for children from five up, but appeals to adults, too. I've read it to my Guatemalan maid, who was being forced to marry against her will and had just managed to escape the marriage. She loved the book and took it home to read it to her little brother and sister. This is an ideal work to help girls and boys see themelves as equals, to help them realize that marriage isn't the solution to all life's problems, and to understand that boys, just like girls, can be spoiled and foolish. It also suggests that when a boy friend or girl friend is vain and foolish, rather than pining one can look elsewhere for love and understanding. This book should be in every library worldwide!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is fantastic. My daughter is like most little girls, she loves Disney Princesses and although I like them too I am not overly fond of the message they send. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Coley
I love Robert Munsch!! This book is a favorite of my girls. Munsch was empowering princesses long before Frozen came along. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my all-time favorite books...Every girl should read it. As a teacher, I bought the 25 year anniversary copy also which explains the story behind the story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Diane Moses
My daughter received this as a Christmas gift. We loved reading this book together. It is a wonderful tale of girl empowerment and standing on your own two feet. Read morePublished 4 days ago by B.S. Gibbs
As I now see from other reviewers, the "paperback" version is miniature. This should not have been listed as a paperback. It looks like a prize from a cereal box. Read morePublished 8 days ago by MamaMay
Love, love, love this book. Excellent message about what is really important. I read this book to my daughters over and over and recently bought a copy for my great-niece.Published 12 days ago by SSW
Cute story but does not really hold our three year olds attention.Published 15 days ago by Michelle